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The J. M. Coetzee Centre is proud to be collaborating with the School of Humanities to bring University of Adelaide's students the course "Criticism as Intervention: The Fictions of J. M. Coetzee" (#ARTS2004). This course will introduce undergraduate students to the work of J. M. Coetzee, Nobel laureate and Professor at the University of Adelaide, and arguably the world’s greatest living writer. Led by prestigious literary and philosophy scholar Professor Andrew Gibson, students will have a rare opportunity to practice literary criticism as cultural intervention.
This course will focus on J. M. Coetzee’s oeuvre to discuss the politics of critical engagement in regard to the problematic character of contemporary global, neoliberal culture. It will consist of six lectures—six angles of approach to the work of J. M. Coetzee—that will explore the history and possible relevance of an interventionist form of criticism.
Seminars will look closely at the following texts, in order: Homo Sacer (1998) by Giorgio Agamben; Expulsions (2014) by Saskia Sassen; Literary Criticism: A Concise Political History (2017) by Joseph North; Against Democracy: Literary Experience in the Era of Emancipations (2012) by Simon During; Youth (2002), The Life and Times of Michael K (1983), The Lives of Animals (1999); Elizabeth Costello (2003) and The Childhood of Jesus (2013) by J. M. Coetzee. Workshops will be on selected chapters and passages from these books.
Edited by poets Ann Fisher-Wirth and Laura-Gray Street, The Ecopoetry Anthology (2013) presents contemporary American poetry that illustrates the diversity of human responses to environmental complexity and change. Based on a selection of poems from this anthology, this masterclass with Marlene van Niekerk will interrogate the possibility of a poetics of the Anthropocene. Translations of her own work will complement and open the discussion beyond the American stage; while philosophers Timothy Morton (Ecology Without Nature, 2007) and Michel Serres (The Natural Contract, 1990) will ground it within sensory bodies and expose the ambiguity and contradiction of how we, humans, perceive and construct “Nature.”
To register for this free event and receive preliminary readings, please email the centre.
During her visit to Australia, Marlene will also take part in the 2019 Adelaide Writers’ Week. For more details, please check the Adelaide Festival's website.
Congratulations to Professor Brian Castro, who has just won the Prime Minister's Literary Award (Poetry) for Blindness and Rage: A Phantasmagoria. The judges described the work, composed of thirty-four canto, as "a wicked satire on pretension and futility, a poem about ambition and literary endeavour as paths to frustration and failure, but it is itself a poem that manages to avoid these pitfalls and achieve a brilliant success." This prestigious prize is part of a series of Prime Minster's Literary Awards that celebrate outstanding literary talent in Australia and the valuable contribution Australian literature and history makes to the nation's cultural and intellectual life.
Earlier this year, the JMCCCP co-hosted Tjungu Pakani (Together We Rise), a series of events celebrating Titjikala culture through art and music. It culminated in a concert by the Titjikala Women's Choir (NT) at Ayers House Museum in Adelaide on 18 August, 2018. We are now proud to be able to share a video of this wonderful performance.
Photo courtesy of Sia Duff.
Lyn Dickens has been shortlisted for the 2018 Deborah Cass Prize for Writing. Lyn recently joined the Centre as a PhD Candidate and is working on a creative writing project that re-imagines the legacy of Colonel William Light. Established in memory of Deborah Cass, the Prize celebrates Australian writers from a migrant background. It will be presented by literary editor and journalist Jonathan Green on 5 December.
Composer and sound artist Professor Cat Hope (Head of the Sir Zelman Cowan School of Music, Monash University) will examine the current situation for music creators in Australia by bringing together some current debates and proposing appropriate actions to improve inclusion and opportunity for all people. For the second year in a row, the J.M. Coetzee Centre for Creative Practice is proud to be supporting the Adelaide iteration of this important national forum for contemporary music discourse, presented by the New Music Network and the University of Adelaide. To register for this free event, please visit the eventbrite site.
Celebrated writer Sisonke Msimang, author of Always Another Country: A Memoir of Exile and Home, will be giving a masterclass on 'Writing Lives', as well as a seminar on her most recent works. In the masterclass, Msimang will lead a discussion on the practice of life writing through reflections on her recent memoir of exile and home and her forthcoming biography of Winnie Mandela. To register and to obtain preparatory readings for these exciting events, please email the centre. These events are presented with the J.M. Coetzee Centre for Creative Practice and the Department of English & Creative Writing at the University of Adelaide.
Join us on the 9th November for the launch of an unique exhibition showcasing Nobel Laureate J.M. Coetzee’s youthful foray into photography, when he attempted to capture ‘the moment when truth revealed itself’. Offering intriguing glimpses of Coetzee’s childhood in Cape Town in the mid-1950s, these images demonstrate how deeply photography shaped his creative development. The exhibition will be launched by curator A/Prof Hermann Wittenberg (University of the Western Cape) with a special reading by J.M. Coetzee. To register for this free event, visit the eventbrite site.
Curator of the 'J.M. Coetzee: Photographs from Boyhood' exhibition A/Prof Hermann Wittenberg (University of the Western Cape) will give a seminar titled "Against World Literature: Photography and History in Life & Times of Michael K.' This paper will reread J.M. Coetzee's lauded novel Life & Times of Michael K as a text that is grounded in South Africa by exploring its links to photography and the story of Northern Cape farm labourer, Jan Pieriga. To register for this event, please email the centre.
How do we transpose narrative forms into musical ones and vice-versa? What similarities and differences are there between the two art forms? Join celebrated concert pianist and memoirist Dr Anna Goldsworthy (Adelaide), literary scholar, classical singer and Jane Austen expert Dr Gillian Dooley (Flinders), and modernist and African literatures expert A/Prof Brian Macaskill (John Carroll University) for a fascinating discussion about how art forms transform and influence one another. In case you missed it, download our recording to hear the presentations and discussion.
Led by University of Adelaide postgraduate students under the auspices of the JMCCCP, Raining Poetry in Adelaide aims to brighten up gloomy days by bringing poetry to the city streets. Poems are stenciled onto footpaths in invisible paint only to magically appear when it rains. Join us for the launch of this exciting event, presented in collaboration with No Wave, at 7pm on the 5th of September at the Wheatsheaf Hotel. The launch will feature readings by the poets involved and a map with the locations of the poems will be revealed. To see photos, updates and more, visit the Facebook page.
Soundstream and the JMCCCP are proud to present Tjungu Pakani (Together We Rise), a series of events celebrating Titjikala culture through art and music. Join the Titjikala Women's Choir (NT) as they share their unique artistic and musical practice in art and music workshops, culminating in a wonderful concert and month-long exhibition held at Ayers House Musuem.
Art workshops run by The Art Bus (Miranda Harris and Helen Fuller) will provide the opportunity to learn silk Batik techniques from the women of the Titjikala Choir and local artists. Fees ($45/$70) include all materials. Register here. Music workshops will feature the choir sharing their unique musical culture (Lutheran songs sung in Pitjantjatjara) with local musicians and residents ($35/$60). Register here.
The workshops will culminate in a month-long exhibition at Ayers House with a concert to launch the exhibition on 8th August 2018 ($20/$45). The exhibition will be showing for a month and includes the cost of visiting Ayers House Museum ($10 full/$8 concession/$5 child 5-15/FREE child < 5). See our flier or our Facebook event for more details.
This event is co-hosted by Soundstream and the J.M. Coetzee Centre for Creative Practice. It is generously supported by City of Adelaide, National Trust SA, The Art Bus, Centre for Aboriginal Studies in Music (University of Adelaide) and Renewal SA.
Photo above courtesy of Sia Duff.
Featuring a host of eminent creative practitioners and set in the historic Oratunga sheep station on the traditional lands of the Adnyamathanha people, this four day winter school examines creative place-making in storied Country. Each day will feature a creative workshop, focusing on a different medium with plenty of time allocated to participants' own creative practice. Theoretical workshops run by Professor Stephen Muecke will encourage critical reflection on the role of Country in the creative process.Travel and meals are included in the fees ($1050). To apply, please send a short sample of work and a CV to the centre.
How does writing both comfort and disturb us? Coetzee Centre Writer in Residence, Heather Taylor Johnson, will examine this question in a thought-provoking masterclass, drawing on her own writing of chronic illness, as well as the works of other writers, to explore how we can grow communities of caring through fictional empathy. 7th May, Room 618, Napier Building. Please email the centre to register.
Provocations is an exciting new public forum tackling controversies in the arts and humanities hosted by the JMCCCP. In the first event in this series, professor of migrant and post-colonial literature, Sneja Gunew (University of British Columbia), will join Dr Mark Davis (Melbourne University) and award-winning writers Michelle Cahill and Brian Castro to mount a challenge to Australian critical orthodoxies. Provocations #1 will ask: Are cultural institutions receptive to new voices or are in they living in a literary echo-chamber? How do elites govern the cultural field? Are we all inadvertently cultural gate-keepers? Join us for what is sure to be a lively debate. To register, visit eventbrite.
Join us for a unique evening featuring readings by NZ Poet Laureate Selina Tusitala Marsh and performances by award-winning pianist Gabriella Smart. This cultural evening is held as part of the Two Horizons: Pacific Studies in a Cosmopolitan World conference and is supported by the JMCCCP. To register for this event, email conference director Mandy Treagus: firstname.lastname@example.org.To register for the conference or the free public lecture with Vicente M. Diaz, visit the webpage.
JMCCCP affiliate Eva Hornung has won the Premier's Award and the Fiction Award at the Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature for her latest novel The Last Garden (Text Publishing, 2017). Worth $25, 000 and $15, 000 respectively, Hornung is the first South Australian to win either prize, beating thirty-six other authors from around Australia to the Premier's Award. Hornung will be discussing her latest novel at Adelaide Writers' Week on Thursday 8th March with authors Jennifer Mills and Rebekah Clarkson.
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